May 27, 2024

Dr. Carl August Vierthaler

Dr. Carl August Vierthaler, 63, died February 4, 2017 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He was born on July 13, 1953 in Spearville, the son of Lawrence and Erma (Heskamp) Vierthaler.

Carl spent his childhood in Spearville and graduated from Spearville High School in 1971. Carl went on to further his education, first at St. Mary’s of the Plains College in Dodge City where he graduated in 1975 and then on to the University of Kansas School of Medicine, graduating in 1978. On June 25, 1977 he married Nancy Kettner in Mission, Kansas. Dr. Vierthaler served his residency years in Wichita from 1978-1981. He then returned to Dodge City in 1981 to begin his practice in Internal Medicine at Dodge City Medical Center. Dr. Vierthaler enjoyed horseback riding and kayaking at HorseThief Reservoir. He was a dedicated family man, unrelentingly funny, and a true advocate for his countless patients over the years.

He was a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, Ford County Medical Society, and the American Quarter Horse Association.

Carl is survived by his wife, Nancy of the home; three sons, Luke Vierthaler of Wichita; Paul Vierthaler and wife Shannon Stewart of Leiden, Netherlands; Mark Vierthaler and wife Jennifer of Dodge City; and one grandson, Kolin Walker of Dodge City. He is also survived by his parents, Lawrence and Erma Vierthaler of Spearville; four brothers, Steve Vierthaler and wife Peggy of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; Lyle Vierthaler and wife Donna of Wichita; Bruce Vierthaler and wife Cindy of Spearville, Greg Vierthaler and wife Jill also of Spearville; and one sister, Lois Vierthaler Kessen and husband Greg Kessen of Dodge City.

Memorial service will be held at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Dodge City on Friday February 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM with Rev. Randall Jahnke presiding. Friends may sign the guest book at Swaim Funeral Chapel, Dodge City from noon to 8:00 PM on Thursday, February 9, 2017 with the family receiving friends from 5-7 PM. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Dr. Carl Vierthaler Scholarship, administered by the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas, in care of the funeral home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at